L1 users: 200 (2001 census). Census did not include all people in interior settlements.
Kerala state: Kozhihkode district, Ernad sub-district; Malappuram district, Nilambur sub-district; Palakkad district; Karnataka and Tamil Nada states.
Vitality in Malappuram District questionable due to small population, no separate settlements, living with Malayalis. Low education level helps keep language stable. Mixed use: Home, village. Negative attitudes. Most also use Malayalam [mal].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.